Design news: off to college

We've found the brightest student-proof furniture and homeware to decorate university digs
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Cordless vacuum, £49.99
GTECH ordless vacuum (£49.99)

Looks good and the price is right

M&S stepladder shelves and cups
M&S stepladder shelves (£129) and cups and saucers (set of four, £15)

M&S offers its Outstanding Value range of homewares, from bedding to utensils. Other products with pop appeal include Calypso stacking cups and saucers (four for £15, left) and bright melamine utensils (£2.50 the set).

The wooden stepladder shelves (£129, left) are ideal for storing books and objects, and will be delivered and assembled free anywhere in the UK, while a three-piece pan set (£12) is unbeatable value. See or call 0845 302 1234.

How to impress

This compact and cordless power vacuum cleaner takes just an hour to charge. It has a concealed, removable tray so no need for bags, packs down to almost nothing and costs only £49.99. See

Micke corner desk
IKEA's Micke corner desk (£34.95/£65)

Study in style

Ikea has two student startboxes. The dining set, comprising 60 pieces of crockery, cutlery and glassware, is £54.99, while the utensil set, comprising casserole dishes, a tin opener, peeler, cheese grater, knives, boards and more is £69.99. The self-assembly corner desk called Micke (£34.99/£65, above), the Alvine Trad double duvet set - cover plus four pillowcases for £14.99 - and the Kvart worklamp for £9.99 (right) are good buys, too. Get it all online at or call 0845 358 3364.

Towel bales from Next
Towel bales from Next (£32 for a set of six)

Six is best

Next Home is one of the best places to buy colourful homewares such as citrus-bright microwaves (£55) and toasters and kettles (£40 a twin pack), red polka-dot cutlery (£10 for set of 16), and towel bales (£32 for a set of six). Eco-students will love the recycling bags for £10. See or call 0844 844 8000.

Pedal bins, £7
Pedal bins (£7 each)

Clean up

Pedal bins (£7) in six colours, Opal tacking wooden chairs (£30 each), a slow cooker (£20) and rainbow-coloured shower curtains (£12); all from BHS Maison Essentials. Call 0845 196 0000 or visit

Bring on the essentials

John Lewis
John Lewis offers reversible duvet sets from £7 to £12, boxed table sets from £24 and towelling bath sheets are £5.

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